Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 24, 1970 · Page 12
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 12

Carroll, Iowa
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Tuesday, November 24, 1970
Page 12
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Your Personal Finance- Buy a Sound House, Not the Come~ons By RICHARD PRATT "Who would buy a house for its bathroom fittings?" asks a ful-page ad in a recent issue of a magazine whose subscribers are contractors and home builders. "A woman," according to the ad, which then goes on to sell builder-readers on the importance of high-9tyle bathroom fittings as clinchers in new home sales efforts. Probably even the copy-writer would agree that the ad's premise is an exaggeration. Yet perhaps it's not as far from the truth as it may seem. There's reason to believe that some people do base home-buying decisions on the flimsiest of reasons, many of them having to do with minor equipment, architectural gingerbread, or even interior decoration. This belief is borne out when you take a look at how homes are now being sold. No more architect's sketches and confusing blueprints. The model home is standard in every housing development. The model home itself is a sound idea from the customer's point of view, as well as the builder's. Many buyers have little spatial imagination, and and being able to stroll through a set of blueprints, as it were, is helpful. What has followed the model home, however, is considerably more suspect. The "improved" model home now has model furniture, interior decorating and landscaping to help twang the emotions of susceptible buyers. Here's how a builders' magazine describes the attack mounted by one California developer: "Models are decorated in blazing colors and furnished with a 12 Timet HeraW, Carroll, la. Tutsdoy, Nov. 24, 1970 wild variety of furniture and accessories; they show a degree of decorating sophistication far beyond the experiences of most of the housing industry. "It's not unusual for a $25,000 model to have $10,000 worth of decorating inside, and $10,000 worth of landscaping outside." One builder even installed a model family made up of a magazine-cover mother and clean- cut, pipe-smoking young dad. Bratty kids were conspicuously absent, however. What does all this have to do with how you manage your money? Just this: It's awfully easy—in the midst of all these visual fireworks—to lose sight of some of the practicalities that should go into the choice of a house. Location, taxes, potential assessments, school problems, sanitary systems, roof coverings, quality of piping and a hundred other matters are apt to be smothered in an atmosphere resembling a film premier. Just remember that the model is just that, not a replica of what yours will be like if you buy it. Visualize how your five- year-old sofa will look in the living room and how your carpeting can be cut to fit the new space. 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